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'Police in India Demand Money to Release Falsely Accused Christians, Sources Say.

Aug 13 Morningstar News

About an hour before midnight on July 31, three policemen and a Hindu neighbor barged into a Christian woman’s house in northern India and ordered her and her husband to either give them money or go to jail.
The couple with their children live in Uttar Pradesh state’s Sarai Gunja village, in Jaunpur District. The officers told them they couldn’t pray in their house and had come to arrest them, Rajak told Morning Star News.......

Whilst acts of hooliganism and violence against Christians intensify in Uttar Pradesh, India’s “secular” authorities continue to show "preferences" for Hindus.

Aug 9, Asia News

Yesterday, senior police and government officials in Meerut (62 km north-east of Delhi), threw rose petals from a helicopter to greet Kanwar pilgrims.
A video, shared on social media, shows Additional Director General of Police Prashant Kumar throwing rose petals during an aerial tour. He was accompanied by Meerut’s commissioner.....

A nine-year-old girl from an Indian family that had recently converted to Christianity was gang-raped and murdered on Sunday, 5 August, in Punjab.

Aug 8 Worldwatch Monitor

Anjali Masih was playing with her friends in the city of Gurdaspur, near the Pakistan border, when a group of men lured her away by showing her a guava. She was then gang-raped and strangled with a telephone wire.
Local Christians told World Watch Monitor that there has been a rise in anti-Christian feeling in the area, which is predominantly Hindu and Sikh, since a number...

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We’ll close one church every week, Indian Christians told.

Aug 6, Worldwatch Monitor

Christian villagers in a rural district of India’s Maharashtra state have been told that one church will be closed down every week because they have been “destroying” local tradition and culture by “luring” others to convert to Christianity.

Since June, over a dozen houses belonging to Christians have been attacked by local extremist groups across five villages within Gadchiroli district.....

Three Christian ministry partners of Michigan based Mission India were arrested last week on forced conversion charges.

Aug 6, Christian Today

The ministers were involved in sharing the Gospel through Adult Literacy Classes, Children's Bible Clubs, and Church Planter Training. Christians are no strangers to persecution; however, this series of arrests was unusual, said Erik Morsehead, head of Mission India.

"To have three partners arrested like that .....

A church demolished on the pretext of widening a road. Brawl between policemen and faithful.

Aug 4, Asia News

The demolition was carried out by the Department of Public Works of Tamil Nadu, who arrived on board the bulldozers and accompanied by policemen. During the demolition work, a fight broke out between the city administration officials - on the one hand - and the residents and Christian faithful - on the other. The Rev. Sam.....

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Hindu extremist violence on the rise in southern Indian states.

Aug 3, Worldwatch Monitor

Religious freedom advocate ADF India has noted a rise in incidents of religiously motivated violence in India’s two Telugu language-speaking southern states, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, including the brutal murder of an elderly Christian woman.

So far this year, ADF India says it has verified 17 incidents of anti-Christian persecution at the hands of Hindu extremist groups, all taking place within or close to Hyderabad, which is .....

A group of Haryana families in northern India has embraced the Christian religion and therefore risk marginalization and exclusion from society..

Aug 2, Asia News

The new converts belong to the Hindu Agrawal community. Village emergency meeting called to decide how to treat the "disobedient". In the State, Christians represent 0.17% of the population. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), tells AsiaNews,  as soon as the news of their conversion spread in the village, an emergency....

India’s Christians treated like terrorists by the government, Catholic bishops say.

July 31, Worldwatch Monitor

Over the past few months, several Christian organisations have been investigated and requested to produce their financial details within 24 hours. Nine bishops from the north-eastern state of Jharkhand met with the state governor, Draupadi Murmu, in a bid to stop what they called “government harassment”.

“We are now treated as terrorists and officials of the ATS are after us ...”

India branded by the US as a nation that does not respect the values of Religious Freedom of its citizens.

The First ever Ministerial level meeting being held at the State Department from July 24 thru 26th has invited over 90 countries from around the world that respects and values the religious freedom of its citizens. However, the non-invitation to India is glaring along with Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea and other countries that grossly violate the religious freedom of their own citizens.

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Bishops in the northern Indian state of Jharkhand react to crackdown against Christian NGOs, slam discrimination against Christians.

July 30, Asia News

The bishops deliver a memorandum to the state governor.

Christian NGOs in Jharkhand are neither illegal nor a terrorist den said the memo sent by the state’s Catholic bishops to Governor Droupadi Murmu. The bishops complain, the investigation has spread to include all Christian associations, which have become the target of discrimination "just because they are Christian". The Jharkhand Bishops' Council made....

Indian government body wants church confessions banned, 

July 30 Worldwatch Monitor

The state advisory body said in its statement that confessions can lead to blackmail and that “priests pressure women into telling their secrets”.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, said he was “shocked” to discover the demand in the press.

“This demand by the commission betrays a total lack of understanding of the nature, meaning, sanctity and importance of this sacrament for our people and also an ignorance of the strict ...,” he said....

A Christian pastor and his son beaten in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. They had driven a stray dog from their church

July 23 Asia News

A Pentecostal Christian pastor of Uttar Pradesh and his son were savagely beaten by an angry mob of radical Hindus "dressed up" as animal lovers. The Christians were attacked for driving a stray dog from the entrance of a church, triggering the violent reaction of about 30 people incited by an animal rights activist.

The incident, although apparently a simple local dispute, is a symptom of a growing climate of intolerance towards  ...

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Anti-Christian violence in India’s Uttar Pradesh ‘part of the state machinery’.

July 20, Worldwatch Monitor

The northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, one of several to be ruled by the governing BJP party, is emerging as a new centre of anti-Christian violence as politicians use a fundamentalist form of Hinduism to intimidate minority communities. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is a Hindu nationalist who founded a youth militia called Hindu Yuva Vahini which has attacked churches and pastors, and lynched Muslims who consume beef.......

Hindu Extremist Sexually Assaults Pastor’s Wife at Church Service in India, Sources Say After failed rape attempt and beating, police charge victim and her husband.

July 20, Morningstar News

Pratibha Stephen was immersed in worship at the house church her husband pastors in Tamil Nadu state, India when a man suddenly burst through the back door, shouting angrily.

The intruder interrupted an elderly man’s singing and cymbal-playing by twisting his hands behind his back at the Jesus Power Ministries house church in ....

Hindu radicals attack Christian college in Uttar Pradesh.

July 20, Asia News

Members of the student wing of a nationalist organisation attacked St Andrew's College, barging into its offices to accuse the dean of corruption. Clashes with college staff followed. "Educational establishments are targeted and attacked in Uttar Pradesh. The Pentecostal church is the most vulnerable to attacks, assaults, arrests, discriminations and humiliation,” Christian leader says. Hindu nationalists attacked St Andrew's College, Uttar Pradesh.....

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